Rest. Fresh air. Reconnecting. Home.
We had a much needed get away last week. We packed up the car on Friday after school and about 9 hours later arrived in Fruitland Park, FL. The little town where I grew up. I love going home. Birmingham is home now. Eric and Ellie are home. But, Fruitland Park will always be home too. My parents have a beautiful little home with an amazing yard and even better deck where we spent the week. A high school friend was visiting and he called the place an oasis. It really is.
It is such a special place. Besides being where I grew up,
it is where Eric really got to know my family living with us one summer,
where I could hardly wait to come back to during breaks in college,
where Eric proposed,
the last place where I went to bed as Emily Towne,
the first place news of Ellie was shared,
where Kelly was married.
where we will always love to come back to.
I know home is not a place, but people, a feeling you get.
That is why I love it so.
|Ellie spent a lot of time in her pool.|
|Pool time turned to bath time.|
|We are so a food family as Eric soon learned. There is always at least one seafood extravaganza.|
|And of course, projects too. I began learning to embroider while there.|
|Ellie got to tell my friend Heidi's boy, Lincoln, all about this pool business. He was quite impressed.|
|I spent a lot of time chasing after this.|
|We met in 8th grade and have been friends ever since. Heidi is one of those friends I never get to see enough, but when I do it's like we never missed a day. You know those friends.|
|Eric drove my dad's little convertible most of the week, usually with his golf clubs riding shot gun. However, he took me one night. We went out on a much needed, so special, one of those never forget dates.|
|We took the scenic route to dinner. You know, that's what you do in a convertible. We drove through blooming orange groves that smelled so sweet, past my childhood home, and over beautiful lakes.|
|View from dinner.|
|We took Ellie to Alexander Springs one day.|
|She was a fan.|
|So was this guy.|
|We had a picnic.|
|Played in the water- which is always 72 degrees. Too cold for me, but Ellie girl did not mind it at all.|
|Ellie also grew some teeth. Check out those top 2!|
Thanks mom and dad for giving us such a good week!
We are now back, unpacked, and settled.
A long week of unpacking, fixing fridge leaks, living a day without water, and trying to keep a teething little girl happy has made the weekend even sweeter!
Drew babysat last night while Eric and I went to prom. It really made me feel like a grown up.
Today we got everything needed for our herb and veggie garden and flower planting extravaganza.
Hope you all have a refreshing weekend too!